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High 5--Take 5---I've Got 5!!!!!

I have included their name and their birth order number.
This post is far removed from my 
usual ramblings.
I have reason though!
I have had several readers ask me
about my children...
or more specifically their names!
Ha! Those are questions  I've been 
asked for years. I am use to it!
I have given you fair warning.
You can quit reading now!

My oldest--Fielding Jourdan Lucas.
I had a lady write me that had a son named Fielding.
Not only that, but her name was Laurie (close to mine!!).
Her son's name was a family name.
Not so with our Fielding.
It was just a name I loved.
There are a few stories behind his name.
My husband was a baseball player.
He played in college.
He loves the game. 
We went over all kind of baseballish names.
We debated great players and their names.
But there was a reason we didn't like every name we came up with.
It was our firstborn. We wanted a very special name!
My husband played catcher. Forever.
Catcher Lucas just wasn't doing it for us!!
Then we came up with Fielding.....you know....
like fielding a baseball?????
Then there was the little fact we were living in 
Houston, Texas
when he was born.
We aren't just Okie's,
Sooner born and Sooner bred....
And our son was going to take his first breath(s)
in Texas.
We figured out a way to 
that "problem".
We chose the name Jordan for his middle name.
My hometown (which was also the hometown of Hubby's parents)
was at one time named
Jordan Valley.
We were far far from Jordan Valley.
So we used Jordan....because it made us think of home.
THEN we figured out if we added a U
then we had a little bit of the OU Sooners in Texas.
So he became Fielding Jourdan Lucas!
Fielding has been called Fi, Field, and Tex
(because of the Texas birth thing!!!).
He is 29 and my only married child.
He and his wife Kelly are expecting 
their first child
in March.
I can't wait to hear the name!!
(Keep reading, the rest of them won't be so wordy).

Annabelle Caitlin Lucas
Annie is 28. She is named after my 
grandmother Annabelle.
They never met, as my grandmother was gone
before Fielding was even born.
Funny thing was that Elizabeth 
is...and was...
my all time favorite girls name.
We had Elizabeth picked out for her
the entire pregnancy 
(if she were a girl...as we did not know).
And we named her Elizabeth.
For two days.
Then without even discussing it I told my Hubby
that she did not really seem
like an Elizabeth.
She was an Annabelle.
He told me that he had been thinking 
the same thing.
Only he thought she was an Annie.
So we changed it.
And we have never regretted it
for an instant.
She is pure Annie...or Annabelle.
I realize there are a lot of Caitlin's 
out there, 
28+ years ago, I did not know one person 
with that named.
It was a beautiful Irish name
and that was an homage to my 
Flanagan grandparents.
My grandfather that was married to (his) Annie
loved the name Annie Laurie...
and he wanted someone to 
use the name 
Annie Laurie 
to represent our Scottish side.
With the popularity of Caitlin,
I wish I had named her Annie Laurie.
But we have called her many other beautiful names..
Annie, AB, Belle, AnnieCaitie and of course

Number 3 is Taylor Clancy Lucas.
Taylor is 26 years old.
When we chose the name Taylor we had not 
heard many people with that name.
And the ones we had heard were all males.
My intention for months and months 
was to name her 
Taylor Elizabeth (finally using my favorite name).
I said if anyone ever asked me if 
Elizabeth Taylor 
was my favorite actress
I would not name her
Taylor Elizabeth.
Well Taylor was almost 3 weeks overdue.
And in that last few days of overdueness (new word)
someone asked me that question.
So on the day of Taylor's birth
she became 
Taylor Clancy.
Another homage to my Irish roots.
I love Clancy.
She loves Clancy.
We often ask each other 
why we didn't just name her Clancy.
Yes, I know people think that is a boys name too.
Taylor Clancy.
My girl with a boy's name......
and it doesn't bother her in the least.

Our number 4 is
Coulter Ferguson Lucas.
I know, I know.
What's with all these surnames????
People ask us that every day.
It is a name that fits him as well.
It is big and rugged.
Just like him.
We knew one other person (that was my age)
named Coulter.
I loved that name.
Of course we had to put the OU 
in there instead of just Colter.
It's a Sooner thing.
Ferguson was my maiden name
and I very much wanted to use it
on one of my children.
I was going to use it even if #4 was a girl.
I know. I know. 
Me and those surnames!!
We have heard a few babies lately
named Coulter.
But they usually leave the U 
out of the name. And one even was with a K instead of C.
But we have never heard a 23 year old (his age)
with that name.
That makes him happy.
Coulter has loved his very individual name.
He is a one-of-a-kind and his name matched that!

And then there is the baby.
Luke Timouthy Lucas.
Number 5.
Luke Lucas.
Believe me. That confuses everyone.
Twenty-two years ago Luke was the tie-breaker.
(Two boys. Two girls.....then Luke).
We chose to not know his sex until he was born.
We had two names picked out.
Claiborne Elizabeth
Cimarron Ford. 
The Claiborne was the girls version of my Hubby's middle name of Clayton. (You know the Elizabeth part!!)
Cimarron was a unique name and I thought if we called him
Cim, it would rhyme with Tim (Hubby).
Ford was also a unique name and would let 
Coulter Ferguson 
Cimarron Ford
have the same initials.
Which worked out well since they are exactly a year apart.
Then Luke decided to 
be born in the car.
On the Cimarron Expressway.
In a Ford.
At the time I was grateful to my husband 
for delivering Luke safely.
I was also worried that the name and the situation
would be too much of a story.
I caved.
I let Hubby name him.
It was totally Hub's idea to go with 
Luke Lucas.
Timouthy was from Hubs name.
The spelling was to keep up that OU Sooner
being in the middle of each boy's name.
Of all the unusual names, it is Luke's name 
that probably gets the most talk.
People think that Luke Lucas is just .....
a very different name!
You can read about Luke's very unusual entrance

We have heard every comment
you can imagine
about the names.
Someone told us we have 
scraped the bottom of the bucket(s)
for the names.
We have had people actually have 
fits of laughter.
We have had all kinds of statements
about using the surnames...
and a boys name for a girl.
People that don't know us are always saying
Lucas Fielding, Lucas Taylor, Lucas Coulter or
Lucas Lucas. 
Annie lucked out on that! She just got the 'old-fashion' name.

If you notice from the pictures
of the children,
they go brunette-blonde-brunette-blonde-brunette.
People like to comment on that too.
One time when we were out eating
with all the children (and they were small)
the (then) governor of Kansas
stopped and asked us about 
all the gang.
She even commented about the names.
She asked us how we got brunettes and blondes
that are so different in looks.
(I really thought if she would just look at Hubs 
and myself
that question would be answered!)

When Fielding was still 2 he had
two little sisters.
By the time he was 4 or 5 
he would pray every night
that God would send him
11 brothers!
He did not get all 11, but he was happy with the 
two he got.
My children are not only close 
in age,
but close to each other.
They still like to get together
to eat, play games,
eat, compete,
eat, reminisce,
eat and eat.
There were days I thought
would never end,
like all mother's know,
the days go by
in the blink of an eye.
I give
daily thanks
that God gave me 5 children...
to name.....
and raise.
And no matter 
how weird. Or odd.
Or bottom-of-the-bucket
people think my children's names are...
I am eternally grateful
that they call me Mom.


  1. I love all of their names!

  2. Laurie9/14/2011

    Hi Lorie, it's me, Laurie, Fielding's mom! I'm so excited to hear the stories of your kids' names! I love them all! I have three boys who all have unusual names as well. My Fielding (15) is a fourth generation name on my side of the family but my husband insisted on using it because of the baseball connection. His middle name is Graham, from "Doc Graham" from Field of Dreams! My oldest son is Landry Blake----guess I don't need to tell a fellow Sooner fan how well that has worked out for a football (esp. OU) obsessed 17 year old! Although we found his name in the phone book, he tells everyone he was named after Tom Landry because he was born in Dallas! My little one who is 8 is named Foster McNeely. First name from grandfather's middle name and middle name was my grandmother's maiden name---surely from Irish roots as well! My husband will be so jealOUs of the way yOU got all the OUs in there! I love your blog! Keep on writing!

  3. Laurie if you had an email I would email you back! I LOVE your boys names. We had Landry on the short list for Taylor and we still kick ourselves for not using it. Yes, it was after Tom for us too!! My Fielding is considering Landry for a boy. Do you get all kinds of questions about your choice of names as well????? Don't you wish I would have used Laurie for Annie's middle name? The more I think about it, the more I love it! Maybe one of my kids will use it! Thanks for reading. And writing!!! Do you live in Oklahoma too? Or are you just SOONER fans? Lori

  4. Lori,

    I am Laurie's good friend. I got her hooked on you. We live in ARKANSAS - but we LOVE your writings. We talk about you like you are our good friend.

    You seem like a GREAT mother and such a blessing to your children. You are a true Proverbs 31 lady.

    Keep it up! You are an inspiration to us. BTW, I have a Tucker Rees and an Abby Leigh. Didn't put near as much thought into my names as you guys did - I just liked the way they sounded and I could spell them easily.

  5. Great names and a great family! It's so neat to see them all grown up. We have five kids as well and I love having a big family. We also have a Luke and our last name is Dukes ... we get a lot of comments about the almost rhyming name.

  6. I like your kids names and the stories behind them!


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